It's been another busy week! I started teaching sewing classes for girls, which is going really well. It's a 12-week course in 2 hour blocks, with a class size limit of 3 girls. It's exciting to see how many young girls are interested in sewing - I already have a waiting list for the next course once the first ones are over. If any of you are interested in seeing my curriculum to get ideas for starting your own classes where you live, I'll be happy to email it to you. If you are an experienced sewer, it's a great way to share your skills and train the next generation of sewing experts!
I've had a lot of my friends express interest in adult sewing classes too, which I'll probably start doing here and there as one-time, 4-hour workshops teaching how to make a specific project rather than weekly classes. But first, I need to finish fine-tuning this:
Yes, it's my first official pattern! I've been working on it for several weeks now, making sure that all the instructions are clear and the step-by-step photos are right. As the title cover states, it's more than just a pattern for making these specific 5 bags (although it does that too). It is meant to teach you how to do your own calculations so that you can design your own bags from scratch and make them any size your heart desires. I've included diagrams and computation formulas to help you out, so it will (hopefully) be pretty easy to do.
But there's no way of knowing for sure until I give some patterns away to some of you so you can test them out and give me feedback! Soooo...whaddya say....who wants to test a pattern?
I'll need 6 different pattern testers (one for each of the 5 bags pictured plus one custom bag) so when you email me let me know which bag you would like to make. From left to right, they are: Mini Clutch, Red Tote, Jumbo Tote, Pink Messenger Bag, and Grey Clutch. I'll need you to make them within a week or so of receiving the pattern, and fill out a little survey/problem alert about the pattern when you're done. Karen B, I've already got you down as a tester - just let me know which bag you'd like to make.
When the pattern has all the potential bugs worked out, I'll post it for sale on my Etsy site that I started a couple of years ago and then let go dormant...another thing to figure out (or re-learn, I should say). I'm trying to earn money so that A) we can pay off our remodeling bills and B) so that I can raise enough capital to be able to print the dress and skirt patterns that I have waiting in the wings. Those patterns need to be printed on large tissue sheets, in very large numbers = a very big chunk-o-change to get them printed.
So I'm starting out small, and hopefully I'll be able to do the bigger patterns relatively soon. Besides, I've been promising some of you this pattern for a couple of years now.
I'm working on another free tutorial for you soon, too - a little mini wallet that fits just perfectly into those mini clutches you see in the pattern. Fun, fun!
Okay, enough talking (or writing, to be accurate). Time to get back to work!